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Trip Report: Rwanda,Uganda,Kenya,Tanzania,Dec 05-Mar 06

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Apr 5th, 2006, 02:33 PM
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Thanks.Our new boy is on the way home and he is just huge and he's only 1.We always get our pets from the humane society so we didn't think we would luck out another Maine Coon.We got a cat lat week but then we lucked into this guy yesterday so what the hell,2 dogs,2 cats.
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Apr 5th, 2006, 04:20 PM
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Such a comprehensive and interesting report. Ending it on a note of a humane society cat getting a good home is purr-fect. (Sorry, couldn't help myself and now here's the corresponding smiley)
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Apr 5th, 2006, 04:31 PM
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Do you think you'll make it to Gabon to see the bonobos?

Waiting for the finale.
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Apr 5th, 2006, 05:51 PM
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The next 3 days were filled with food and a few activities.We decided upon a little mountain biking and the hilliy muddy tracks were very fun.Shortly after starting off i realized that my bikes brakes did not work.Being lazy as i am turning around and getting a different bike was not an option so down the hills i go.It was an absolute blast and amazingly i never crashed although my heart raced a few times.We did some walks around the lake and we headed off to a tea factory to see how things were done.Playing croquet and lawn bowling were unique activities for me but we were as busy as we wanted to be.We enjoyed the people,food and activities throughout our stay and it was a nice relaxing end to our safari.Our time here came to an end all to soon and suddenly it was monday morning and it was time to get on a plane.

It was a pretty smooth 2 hour flight to Dar except for a brief storm which scared the hell out of us.Then the waiting began as we sat in Dar for 4 hours.Upon boarding the plane we were then told we had to pick some people up in Zanzibar because of plane problems there.Then off to Nairobi from there and almost 6 hours waiting there.

We then fly to London and get to our hotel where we leave our bags because it is to early to get a room and head odd to the Apple store.They are fantastic as they save our pictures and don't charge us a dime for all there troubles.So much for sightseeing we go to our room and after 36 hours without sleep i get to nap for 2 hours! We have to get up as the wife wants to see the Lion King.The show is really good but i am happy to get to the hotel and get some sleep.

We leave the next morning and 2 flights later we are back to reality and walking to our car in a snowstorm! 3 months is a long time but it goes so fast when you are having a great time.

This was my second trip to Africa and it far surpassed my first.I had a lifetime of experiences in 3 months and met so many amazing people.Many people never realize there dreams but i achieved 2 of them in 1 trip.I have wanted to see the Mountain Gorillas since i was a little kid watching Gorillas in the Mist.Chimps have interested me for just as long and reading Next of Kin cemented my decision to see them.It was as good as i imagined it would be and is now something i NEED to do again.

Climbing Kili is just indescribable for me.I had almost climbed it a few years ago and made up my mind that it was now or never.It was time to stop talking about doing it and just get on with it.I am immensely proud of doing it and even more proud of my wife who was never thrilled with the idea but went along with it.

I am not a difficult person to please so take this with a grain of salt but every guide i had was great.The people i met along the way were always interesting and friendly and the other tourists i met were equally great.Other highlites for me include some amazing safaris everywhere but especially the Serengeti.Lamu was the most fun i ever had doing nothing and i can't say enough about Uganda.The people were amazing the landscape is beautiful and of course it has Gorillas and Chimps.I think i had a good mix of everything but i may have done a little to much trekking and beach time.

For some reason a lot of people still ask me why Africa.Living in the land of the cheap package deal to Mexico these people will never understand it but after showing some people my pictures of this trip i have gotten a lot more positive reactions than after my first time.I even have a friend who wants to come to Namibia with us in 3 years after he finishes university.I have even had a lot of people say they would like to go and to those i say just do it.There are a lot of ways to do Africa and it can cost whatever you want it to cost.The tented camps are great and so are some lodges and camping or self driving in places like Etosha and Kruger are great alternatives.

I really did not miss home at all and would gladly return for good if opportunity arose.I am already thinking about somehow getting back sooner than later so although a nice opportunity fell through today i may have a different chance to add some income so i can get back next year.If this also falls through i guess there's always 2008.

I want to thank those of you who made it through the whole report and allowing me to keep my trip alive a little longer.My let down finally came last week and this week my mind has drifted back to Africa and i have pretty much decided that Africa will be my next trip.

Darren
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Apr 5th, 2006, 06:41 PM
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I've thoroughly enjoyed your trip report and pics from beginning to end. You've gone way above and beyond your promise of posting a half **sed report =D>
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Apr 5th, 2006, 07:00 PM
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I couldn't agree more. Thanks so much - what a fabulous mix of activities (even a wedding!) you had.

I am wondering if you are familiar with Michael Fay and the tremendous Megatransect Africa journey he and a team made a few years ago? There are several articles about this project in National Geographic. Look for the Oct. 2000 issue, and March and April 2001 as well as the August 2004 issue. There is an article featuring Gabon and its efforts to create parks and and its resources. I'm sure if you did a search you'd find all sorts of stuff about this on the web. I know it's old news, but still interesting to read about. Anyway - it did pique my interest in Gabon, as well.

Also please let me congratulate you on your new Maine Coon! Well done.

Thanks again for a great report. I am soo jealous you spent 3 months away!

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Apr 5th, 2006, 08:07 PM
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Fantastic, dlo. I enjoyed reading this and looking at all the photos the past several weeks. Cant say this enough: What a trip!!

Congratulations to you and Chris. You two have lived my dream. Minus all the trekking, of course.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 04:02 AM
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Darren -

This was wonderful. If only..... we all had so much time to leisurely enjoy our adventures in Africa. Thanks so much.
 
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Apr 6th, 2006, 04:47 AM
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Darren:
Let me add my thanks as well. I really enjoyed it and I am sure your trip will be the inspiration for many others.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 05:06 AM
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dlo,
I'll miss your adventures - climbing, gorillas, a perfect wedding, safari and beaching. Topped with the addition of a new friend - perfect closure for us and for you.
Many thanks for such a good read.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 05:16 AM
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Thanks for a great report.

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Apr 6th, 2006, 11:52 AM
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Congratulations on the

You just had to do some mountain biking before leaving Ö Iím so envious of the entire trip, even the parts of that Iím too unfit to do myself. Asante sana. Of course Africa has to be your next trip.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 03:12 PM
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First of all thanks to everyone.I received lots of good information from other trip reports so i felt an obligation to return the favor.But i really enjoyed writing it and continuing to relive the trip so you may have to hear more reports in the future from me! The wife started reading this a few days ago and asked me why i didn't mention some things but if i had i may have been writing this till my next trip.

Leely
Sorry no Bonobos anywhere but the DRC and from what i have read there are not many left.The mandrill troops should be amazing though as they apparently number up to a thousand.

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Mike Fay IS the reason i want to go to Gabon.Even though i have always wanted to go to the Congo and i am fascinated bu those barges that run from Kinshasa to Kisangani i knew nothing of Gabon.It is now at the top of my list and although it won't be my next trip maybe i'll be the first to post a report.

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I know you would love to stay in Africa as much as me and i did get a lot of info on how to make it happen.I met a woman who just sent a bunch of resumes to every place she could think of.This was her second place in 6 months and was moving on shrtly after we left.If doing that doesn't appeal to you maybe you,my wife and I will have to start up our own place.Mountain biking is so fun and with it being offered at Mashutu you know i'm gonna end up there.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 03:35 PM
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re: Bonobos. Oh, too bad. I guess I misunderstood your post, thinking perhaps they were also (now) in Gabon. And it gave me a little hope about their fate, having seen a pretty depressing doc about them a few years ago.

Thanks for clarifying.

I'm looking forward to your next adventure almost as much as you are.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 04:18 PM
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My talk with the researchers in Mufindi was quite depressing at times.I've read and seen lots on the bushmeat crises but when you hear it firsthand it just seems so much worse.As far as next adventures are concerned i'll have to live through you and everyone else on the board for awhile.I know i'm a freak but i was stressing about trying to find a way to top this but i think it is impossible.I won't have the luxury of 3 months off again so unless i win the lottery....
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Apr 6th, 2006, 05:57 PM
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dlo, dlo's wife ((sorry--somewhere you said her name but that is mainly the way you refer to her), and nyamera joining up to have a place in Africa---I'll book. Tell me where to send the deposit!
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Apr 6th, 2006, 06:08 PM
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They could call it Bats, Rats and Cats.

But, hey, if the prices are good...
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Apr 6th, 2006, 06:40 PM
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Leely:
Good one. Between you and sharon I have had my chuckles tonight.
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Apr 7th, 2006, 12:36 PM
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Dlo,
Bunches of resumes have never worked for me and I send them all the time to places where I think I could earn a lot of Africa money. To Africa Iíve only sent one to a company that I knew had a vacancy in Kenya for a Swedish-speaking guide and one to Zambia for a ďreservationist and assistant marketingĒ vacancy that was being advertised Ė it didnít work. The Bats, Rats and Cats (thanks Leely) - Popo, Panya na Paka kwa Kiswahili- camp sounds like an excellent idea. Weíll have to do that. Iíve never tried mountain biking, but it looks exhausting. When you go to Gabon youíll have to get some pictures of red river hogs on the beach.

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